State authorities did not jail an Ohio man, despite his failing to finish apologizing to his wife on Facebook.
Every day Facebook sinks more deeply into our lives. This whole story began on Facebook:
A June court order prohibited Byron from causing his wife physical or mental abuse, harassment or annoyance. She asked in December that he be found in contempt after learning of the Facebook comments.
It then continued on that platform, in a form of creative sentencing:
Domestic Relations Magistrate Paul Meyers in January found Byron in contempt of a protective order because of his Facebook comments. He said Byron could avoid a 60-day jail sentence and a $500 fine by posting the apology — written by the magistrate — to his wife and all of his Facebook friends and paying her attorney fees. The same apology had to be posted every day no later than 9 a.m.
Apparently he posted enough to not get in more trouble.
When will this use of Facebook become unremarkable? and does it help keep Facebook away from the fearsome media world?
(thanks to Andy Havens)